Motoring Reporter
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8 Nov 2017
9:32 am

New Jaguar F-type goes turbo

Motoring Reporter

F-type accelerates from 0-100km/h in 5.7 seconds, with a top speed of 250km/h.

Jaguar is broadening the appeal of the new F-Type with the introduction of the state-of-the-art four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine.

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The award-winning F-Type family now spans from the entry-level four-cylinder model to Jaguar’s 320km/h all-weather supercar – the F-Type SVR.

The pairing of Jaguar’s all-aluminium two-seat sports car with the advanced 221kW 2.0-litre turbocharged powerplant delivers Jaguar sports car DNA with enhanced agility and improved efficiency and affordability.

This is a true F-Type, with its own unique character.

The new model retains the performance expected from the F-Type, and can accelerate from 0-100km/h in only 5.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of 250km/h it is claimed.

The turbocharged engine’s high maximum torque of 400Nm, generated from just 1 500rpm, together with the eightspeed Quickshift transmission, delivers exceptional response throughout the rev range.

Not only is the 221kW Ingenium engine the most powerful four-cylinder unit ever offered in a production Jaguar, it also generates the highest specific power output of any engine in the F-Type range: 110kW per litre.

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It also makes this the most efficient F-Type in the range, with a 16% improvement in fuel economy over the 250kW V6, together with CO2 emissions of just 163g/km on the European combined cycle.

Ian Hoban, vehicle line director, Jaguar F-Type said: “Introducing our advanced four-cylinder engine to F-Type has created a vehicle with its own distinct character. Performance from an engine of this size is remarkable and is balanced with improved fuel efficiency and affordability, making the F-Type experience more accessible than ever before.”

A host of advanced technologies enables the Ingenium engine to deliver this blend of high performance and low fuel consumption.

Neatly integrated into the cylinder head is a state-of-theart electrohydraulic valvetrain featuring patented control algorithms developed in-house.

This technology enables fully variable control of intake valve lift for optimum power, torque and efficiency throughout the engine’s operating range.

The exhaust manifold is integrated into the cylinder head casting.

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Coolant flowing through the manifold reduces warm-up times and therefore reduces fuel consumption and emissions. The manifold is carefully matched to a twin-scroll turbocharger.

The design prevents exhaust gas pulsation interference, ensuring that the turbine wheel responds far more quickly: boost pressure is delivered near-instantaneously, making turbo lag almost non-existent.

To ensure the best possible launch performance while still enabling the engine to develop its high peak power output, the turbocharger features ceramic ball bearings.

These deliver the lowest possible bearing friction, especially from cold starts.

The 200bar direct injection system features centrally mounted fuel injectors. Together with optimised spray patterns this helps to minimise fuel impingement on the cylinder walls and the piston crowns, improving efficiency and reducing emissions.

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Like all members of the Ingenium family, the F-Types’s 221kW powerplant was designed and developed in-house.

It is manufactured in the UK at Jaguar Land Rover’s £1 billion Engine Manufacturing Centre, alongside the 147kW and 183kW four-cylinder petrol engines, and the 132kW and 177kW four-cylinder diesels.

The engine contributes to an overall vehicle weight reduction of 52kg – most of which is over the front axle – and this is key to the four-cylinder F-Type’s enhanced agility.

Meticulous tuning of the chassis delivers even greater steering response, body control and ride comfort.

The introduction of the four-cylinder does not mean that drivers lose out on aural feedback or reward: these have always been an essential part of the F-Type’s appeal, and have not been compromised.

A tuned active exhaust is standard on entry-level F-Type models, while the R-Dynamic variants feature a switchable active exhaust for an even more involving driving experience.

Erol Mustafa, chief product engineer, Jaguar Sports Cars said: “Most of the weight reduction is over the front axle, making the car beautifully balanced and really agile to drive – as you’d expect, the car is really at home on beautiful twisty roads. Couple that with a four-cylinder exhaust note and this particular F-Type has a character all of its own. I like to think of it as the feisty younger brother of the V6 and V8 models.”

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The 2018 Jaguar F-TypeE features visual enhancements to give the sports car an even more powerful presence.

Redesigned bumpers, together with full LED headlights enhance the F-Types’s award-winning design and provide greater differentiation between each model in the range.